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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: A+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Broccoli Books
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 1-5974-1054-3
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: KAMUI

KAMUI Vol. #07

By Julie Rosato     June 19, 2008
Release Date: May 16, 2007

KAMUI Vol.#07
© Broccoli Books

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Shingo Nanami
Translated by:Satsuki Yamashita
Adapted by:Elizabeth Hanel

What They Say
NOA is destroyed, its members scattered or consumed by Okikurumi. Still, Atsuma is compelled to return to the ruins of the only place he ever felt kindness and friendship. Aika has escaped from Okikurumi, but where is Shui?

Meanwhile, Atsuma has repelled the attack of Yanagi and Hyde, displaying a power that no one has seen before - but that leaves his body blackened. What is this power that not even the elders knew existed? And will he be able to use it to rescue Shui and stop Utsuho's plan?

The Review
Would it be wrong to open a review by saying the cover of this book is like a wet dream to me? I could look at it all day. And guys, if Hyde isn't your punk rockin' thing, there's plenty more to look at inside. It's a shame Broccoli couldn't reproduce the whole opening string of pages in color; that's a chapter spread sure to turn heads. I've said it before, but I'm saying it again: this series has the candy for all.

With these chapters KAMUI switched magazines in Japan, so this volume opens with a small recap. (Also included in the back is an actual summary chapter published in the new magazine - a rather neat extra.) These pages are really helpful actually, neatly explaining the plot thus far, which had gotten a bit mired in repetition during the last couple of volumes.

So, when we last left our apocalyptic fighters, they were beat up but more determined than ever to stop Utsuho from destroying what was left of the world. Not too shabby a goal. But despite their common enemy, the sword spirit Kojomaru and Atsuma are still at odds. Kojomaru sees the writing on the wall - that it's too late to stop Okikurumi - but killing Utsuho would at least appease the kamui spirits. Atsuma, on the other hand, has had his humanizing epiphany, is ready to live, and wants to save everyone at NOA instead. He's so gung ho about it that he's become shounen manga hero! Kojomaru's not ready to agree with his former host, but isn't about to cut him completely loose, either -- not with all his new power weirdness showing up.

While he's trekking through the wreckage of Eden, finding Aika, and sparring with more lifeless soldiers, we're slowly clued into Atsuma's mysterious new power. Apparently he's able to return those consumed by Okikurumi to their senses - good news for Hyde and Aika, and hopefully, for Anzu and the rest of NOA, too. Utsuho realizes what this means first though: that while Atsuma doesn't have his own tohsu, he can absorb kamui from everything else - and maybe even Okikurumi itself. Woah, that's some hefty ability for a kid once branded as powerless and unable to communicate with the spirits, hey? This is the big revelation that wraps this volume, but not before Atsuma storms the compound with his swank new power to rescue Anzu, and a threatened Utsuho pitches a not-so-pleasant choice to his captive Shui.

If you're like me and you've gotten this far, chances are you're probably still reading for the eye candy, a favorite character, or the hope of a climactic resolution. It's not really a bad story, here in these middle volumes, but this series peaked early on and is left needing to build the crescendo once again. It's doing it, but slowly. The cast of players have been busy soul-searching and are taking a lot of time to reassemble, but the twists still come along with enough frequency to keep the interest up.

As usual, kudos go out to Broccoli Books for their high production values. Everything here is spot on, from text to retouch and SFX translation. The color plate is fabulous as always, and the book is packed with extras: character profiles, a glossary, omake pages, afterword, the summary manga, and a next volume preview.


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